Bishop Paprocki on the Importance of Attending Sunday Mass

Sacramental Preparation

We are honored to journey in faith with you and your family through the grace of the Church's sacraments.  The reception of the sacraments presumes that parents and/or individuals live out their Faith: 1) as registered members of our parish; 2) by faithful, regular participation at weekend Mass and Holy Days of Obligation; 3) by regular reception of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist; 4) by joyfully sharing one's time, talent and treasure as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Baptism:  The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during the 4:00 PM Mass on the second Saturday or the 10:30 AM Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month.  (Please be advised that there may be more than one family celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism on a given Saturday or Sunday.)  Baptisms are scheduled through our parish secretary during regular business hours.  Baptisms are not celebrated during the Season of Lent.  Canon law requires parents to attend a Baptismal Preparation Session faciliated by a couple in our parish.

First Reconciliation:  First Reconciliation is celebrated in second grade.  Sacramental preparation is a cooperative effort between parents either in conjunction with religion classes offered at St. John Neumann Catholic School or PSR (Parish School of Religion offered on Sunday mornings).  A Saturday Morning of Recollection for all students is mandatory and is offered shortly before the reception of the sacrament.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation:  One of the fruits of our Fourth Diocesan Synod of 2017 is the adoption of the "Restored Order of Sacraments".  Elementary age children will now receive Confirmation and First Holy Communion at the same time within the same Liturgical Celebration in third grade.  This shift in custom was promulgated by Official Decree of our Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on July 2, 2018.  As with First Reconciliation, sacramental preparation is a cooperative effort between parents either in conjunction with religion classes offered at St. John Neumann Catholic School or PSR (Parish School of Religion offered on Sunday mornings).

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Marriage:  First, contact the parish at least one year before you would like to be married.  The choice of a date and time are made in conjunction with the Pastor only.  Due to the regularly scheduled Sacrament of Reconciliation and Saturday Vigil Mass, the latest a wedding may begin is 1:00 PM.  There will be several preparation sessions before the sacrament is celebrated.  Our Parish Policy & Guidelines as well as diocesan requirements will be discussed during your first meeting with the Pastor.